Better Conversations

Better Conversations Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781506336701
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Check out The Better Conversations trailer: https://youtu.be/y3FrWTXC8Uw “I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them. Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: better conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.” --DOUGLAS FISHER Coauthor of Rigorous Reading and Unstoppable Learning Because conversation is the lifeblood of any school You don’t want this book—you need this book. Why this confident claim? Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them. Enter instructional coaching expert Jim Knight, who in Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues. As coaches, as administrators, as teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to: Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators Listen with empathy Find common ground Build Trust Our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth depends upon our doing this hard work. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, open our minds, and dare to change for the better of the students we serve. You can get started now with Better Conversationsand the accompanying Reflection Guide to Better Conversations.

The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations

The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781506339009
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 184
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Every worthwhile book has a deeply held belief, and for Jim Knight’s Better Conversations and this worktext, The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations, here it is: “Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.” Instructional coaches, administrators, teachers . . . really everyone: the royal we is you. In this Reflection Guide, Jim delivers a framework for improving professional dialogue that is so clearly signposted, you might as well call it a day planner. Here’s how The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations works: In Part One, you and your peers engage in surveys, take stock, and record video in order to get real about your current beliefs and abilities. How do you measure up when it comes to empathy, asking better questions? Finding common ground? In Part Two, learn about the 10 habits of being an effective communicator, and put them into practice. Are your conversations focused on others 50 percent of the time? What things typically distract you from being fully present? In Better Conversations, Jim Knight reveals why true dialogue improves professional performance, job satisfaction, and classroom instruction. Together with this Reflection Guide, the two books provide a brilliant, scaffolded professional learning experience on a topic central to learning, central to life. This is the district-wide solution you need—are you ready?

High Impact Instruction

High Impact Instruction Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781412981774
Year 2012-12-04
Pages 371
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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High Impact Instruction is a response to the pressing need among school leaders for research-validated, high-leverage instructional practices that have a significant, positive impact on the way teachers teach and students learn. Author Jim Knight provides a simple but powerful framework and set of tools for improving classroom management, content planning, instruction, and assessment. In addition, the book addresses the most effective forms of professional learning that can be used to ensure that teachers learn the Big Four teaching practices: Instructional Coaching, Partnership Learning, and Intensive Learning Teams.

Unmistakable Impact

Unmistakable Impact Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781412994309
Year 2010-11-23
Pages 314
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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This book describes in simple terms exactly how schools should align and organize professional learning to ensure significant positive change in teaching and student learning. The author's partnership principles-a humanizing approach to professional learning-apply to workshops, intensive learning teams (a focused form of professional learning communities), and instructional coaching. This is the first in a two volume series that is designed to provide a simple (not simplistic) framework and a set of tools for improving teaching in schools. (The second volume, The Big Four, was proposed last year.)

The Art of Coaching

The Art of Coaching Author Elena Aguilar
ISBN-10 9781118421024
Year 2013-02-22
Pages 360
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.

Focus on Teaching

Focus on Teaching Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781483344126
Year 2014-03-18
Pages 165
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Professional athletes improve their performance by watching videos of themselves and others in action. Educators can do the same! Jim Knight presents a clear process for using video to promote professional growth and teacher effectiveness. With online clips of educators modeling and discussing how they use videos for professional learning, this book shows how videos can help educators: Maximize the effectiveness of instructional coaching, PLCs, and authentic teacher evaluation Encourage self-coaching and peer-coaching Develop a shared understanding of what quality teaching really looks like

Building Teachers Capacity for Success

Building Teachers  Capacity for Success Author Peter A. Hall
ISBN-10 9781416607472
Year 2008
Pages 196
Language en
Publisher ASCD
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Educators know that teachers are a school's most essential strength. In Building Teachers' Capacity for Success, authors Pete Hall (winner of the 2004 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award) and Alisa Simeral offer a straightforward plan to help site-based administrators and instructional coaches collaborate to bring out the best in every teacher, build a stronger and more cohesive staff, and achieve greater academic success. Their model of Strength-Based School Improvement is an alternative to a negative, deficit-approach focused on fixing what's wrong. Instead, they show school leaders how to achieve their goals by working together to maximize what's right. Filled with clear, proven strategies and organized around two easy-to-use tools--the innovative Continuum of Self-Reflection and a feedback-focused walk-through model--this book offers a differentiated approach to coaching and supervision centered on identifying and nurturing teachers' individual strengths and helping them reach new levels of professional success and satisfaction. Here, you'll find front-line advice from the authors, one a principal and the other an instructional coach, on just what to look for, do, and say in order to start seeing positive results right now.

Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaching Author Jim Knight
ISBN-10 9781452293349
Year 2007-05-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture! Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes: First-person stories from successful coaches Sidebars highlighting important information A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources Ready-to-use forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, and reports

The Art of Coaching Teams

The Art of Coaching Teams Author Elena Aguilar
ISBN-10 9781118984154
Year 2016-02-29
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The missing how-to manual for being an effective team leader The Art of Coaching Teams is the manual you never received when you signed on to lead a team. Being a great teacher is one thing, but leading a team, or team development, is an entirely different dynamic. Your successes are public, but so are your failures—and there's no specific rubric or curriculum to give you direction. Team development is an art form, and this book is your how-to guide to doing it effectively. You'll learn the administrative tasks that keep your team on track, and you'll gain access to a wealth of downloadable tools that simplify the "getting organized" process. Just as importantly, you'll explore what it means to be the kind of leader that can bring people together to accomplish difficult tasks. You'll find practical suggestions, tools, and clear instructions for the logistics of team development as well as for building trust, developing healthy communication, and managing conflict. Inside these pages you'll find concrete guidance on: Designing agendas, making decisions, establishing effective protocols, and more Boosting your resilience, understanding and managing your emotions, and meeting your goals Cultivating your team's emotional intelligence and dealing with cynicism Utilizing practical tools to create a customized framework for developing highly effective teams There is no universal formula for building a great team, because every team is different. Different skills, abilities, personalities, and goals make a one-size-fits-all approach ineffective at best. Instead, The Art of Coaching Teams provides a practical framework to help you develop your group as a whole, and keep the team moving toward their common goals.

Agents of Change

Agents of Change Author Lucy West
ISBN-10 0325013837
Year 2013
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Heinemann
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"If education is to be the learning profession, then we must walk the walk of learners. The bottom line is not perfection, constant success, and high test scores. The bottom line is creating a culture in which learning, innovation, and collaboration are the norms-a learning culture. When adults in schools create such environments, children will thrive." -Lucy West and Antonia Cameron How can teacher leaders cultivate an adult learning environment that will upgrade teaching capacity system-wide, and ultimately improve student learning in every classroom? Lucy West and Toni Cameron turn decades of experience designing and implementing coaching initiatives into a practical resource for transforming school culture and inspiring true learning at every level. Agents of Change provides coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders with specific techniques, tools, and strategies for working with individual classroom teachers to plan and co-teach lessons, reflect on them afterwards, and find evidence of student learning. Lucy and Toni argue that when we infuse rich learning conversations into the professional discourse via coaching, study lessons, and regular meeting times for professionals to work collaboratively, we're able to examine what it takes on a day to day basis to reach every student in our classrooms. The transformative potential of content coaching to improve both teacher and student learning on a school-wide level has never been more clear. Purchase includes free access to an online video case study. Read a sample chapter!

Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level Author Diane Sweeney
ISBN-10 9781483306315
Year 2013-04-02
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Your straightforward resource for coaching partnerships that focus on student learning This follow-up to Sweeney's bestseller applies the principles and tools of student-centered coaching to the unique challenges of middle and high schools. By focusing coaching on student learning—rather than on fixing teachers—a coach can make a measurable impact on student achievement. Sweeney provides guidance for: Tackling the challenge of coaching across a variety of content areas at the secondary level Extending coaching to teams of teachers, rather than just individuals Using standards, such as the Common Core, to coach toward specific goals for student learning Embedding formative assessments into coaching conversations

The Multigenerational Workplace

The Multigenerational Workplace Author Jennifer Abrams
ISBN-10 9781452218823
Year 2013-11-05
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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Bridge the generation gap and achieve outstanding results! Age-related misunderstandings don’t arise just between teachers and students—in some schools, staff from four generations might work side by side. In this book, based on a popular workshop, educators can learn how to look past generational filters to improve communication and reap the benefits of collaboration. Focusing on the major contexts of recruitment, coaching, professional learning, and succession planning, the book offers: Tools, checklists, and recommendations for professional learning that meets multigenerational needs Professional development activities that cultivate understanding of generational differences and strengthen workplace culture Real-life stories and case studies

Student Centered Coaching The Moves

Student Centered Coaching  The Moves Author Diane Sweeney
ISBN-10 9781506349435
Year 2016-11-22
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Corwin Press
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The essential coaching moves that every coach needs to know Student-centered coaching is a highly effective, evidence-based coaching model that shifts the focus from “fixing” teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student outcomes. But what does this look like in practice? This book shows you the day-to-day coaching moves that build powerful coaching relationships. Readers will find: Coaching moves that can be used before, during, and after lessons An abundance of field-tested tools and practices that can be put to immediate use Original video clips that depict and unpack key moves Richly detailed anecdotes from practicing coaches

Beyond the Internet of Things

Beyond the Internet of Things Author Jordi Mongay Batalla
ISBN-10 9783319507583
Year 2016-12-31
Pages 408
Language en
Publisher Springer
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The major subjects of the book cover modeling, analysis and efficient management of information in Internet of Everything (IoE) applications and architectures. As the first book of its kind, it addresses the major new technological developments in the field and will reflect current research trends, as well as industry needs. It comprises of a good balance between theoretical and practical issues, covering case studies, experience and evaluation reports and best practices in utilizing IoE applications. It also provides technical/scientific information about various aspects of IoE technologies, ranging from basic concepts to research grade material, including future directions.